The driver quartet of Volkswagen and Sébastien Loeb Racing for the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) is complete. Benjamin Leuchter moves from ADAC TCR Germany to the pinnacle of touring car racing. He will compete in the Golf GTI TCR1 alongside his team-mates Mehdi Bennani, Rob Huff and Johan Kristoffersson. Sébastien Loeb Racing will field four cars supported by Volkswagen for the first time in 2019.
“I am delighted that we were able to get Benjamin Leuchter to move to the WTCR,” said Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director.
“Benny has been part of the Volkswagen family for years. His results speak for themselves and he did a fantastic job during the testing – both on the track and in collaboration with the engineers. We have lined up a strong international quartet of drivers for WTCR 2019 and it goes without saying that we want to be up there at the front of the pack with this team.”
Benjamin Leuchter: “A childhood dream come true”
Leuchter is ecstatic to be taking on the challenge. “The World Cup is a childhood dream come true for me,” said the 31-year-old from Duisburg. “I will give everything to represent the German colours in a worthy manner. I’m only familiar with two of the ten tracks on the calendar, but I’m a fast learner and will do my very best to be successful.”
In addition to his involvement as a driver, Leuchter is already a brand ambassador and motorsport representative for Volkswagen. He is an instructor in the Volkswagen Driving Experience team. Leuchter has been familiar with the Golf GTI TCR1 since day one. “I was involved in the development programme in 2015. And since then I have competed in numerous races and taken part in every winter test for further development,” said Leuchter.
Welcome to the club, Benjamin #Leuchter! That is @Volkswagen‘s four-car line-up for the @FIA_WTCR complete! pic.twitter.com/L5IRLgNrff
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